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Check out the latest updates and in-depth stories from our staff and colleagues in the Midwest.

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Op-Ed

Trump’s EPA Putting Iowans & their Waterways at Risk

The Trump administration approach to water pollution has alarming similarities to its approach to coronavirus – ignore it and hope it magically disappears.

10/16/20

Josh Mandelbaum

Op-Ed

Cut diesel pollution while maintaining Chicago’s robust freight business

The blessings of convenience and freight-related jobs come with a cost, but there is a way for dangerous pollution to be dramatically reduced while enhancing the Chicago area's booming freight distribution industry.

11/23/20

Susan Mudd

ELPC Events

The Great Lakes, CAFOs, and Water Quality

Senator Cory Booker and Jeff Reutter, former director of The Ohio State University’s Stone Lab and of Ohio Sea Grant join ELPC to discuss how CAFOs are impacting water quality, farmers and rural economies.

11/17/20

Howard's Blog

2020 Post Election Summary and Impacts on Midwest Environment

Learn how the 2020 election will impact the Midwest environment, Midwest Congressional delegation, governorships, state legislatures, and see state by state breakdowns.

11/16/20

Howard A. Learner

Story

Federal Order Boosts Rooftop Solar

FERC Order 2222 allows aggregated Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to bid into wholesale electricity markets.

11/11/20

Update

Five Reasons Why the State of Michigan Must Consider Climate in the Line 5 Oil Tunnel Decision

The Michigan MPSC Commissioners must allow climate emissions to be considered as part of its review of the permit, both from the construction of the tunnel and from the extended operation of the Line 5 pipeline.

10/30/20

Margrethe Kearney

Story

Keeping our Clean Water Promise

Checking in on environmental enforcement in the Midwest on the 48th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

10/27/20

Kiana Courtney

Howard's Blog

Let’s Vote – and Then Be Patient

Let’s vote. No excuses. Voting is our civic duty and responsibility.

10/22/20

Howard A. Learner

Op-Ed

Trump’s EPA Putting Iowans & their Waterways at Risk

The Trump administration approach to water pollution has alarming similarities to its approach to coronavirus – ignore it and hope it magically disappears.

10/16/20

Josh Mandelbaum

Howard's Blog

Two New ELPC Reports, Two Very Different Stories

ELPC has issued two new major reports over the past week that help tell the story of the Midwest environment.

10/7/20

Howard A. Learner

Story

Illinois Starts Planning for Life After Net Metering

Illinois is at an energy crossroads. In the coming months, several regulatory decisions could determine whether the state’s small-scale solar and battery storage market wanes or continues to grow. The outcome will shape Illinois’ energy grid of the future.

10/6/20

Howard's Blog

In Honor and Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of my heroes – for her path-breaking public interest legal advocacy, for her leadership as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and for her values.

9/21/20

Howard A. Learner

Howard's Blog

Defending Public Participation: Zoom Alone Shouldn’t Become New Normal

Public participation matters. Sadly, the Trump Administration is moving to constrain public participation, and some state agencies are also adopting manipulative techniques that restrict effective public participation.

9/15/20

Howard A. Learner

Update

Smoke and Mirrors on Clean Air Cost-Benefit Analysis

“Consistency and Transparency” sound like good things, but a new rule from the Trump EPA would be bad on many levels.

8/12/20

Ann Jaworski

Update

Toxic One-Year Anniversary for ArcelorMittal

In August 2019, the ArcelorMittal steel mill in Burns Harbor, Indiana suffered a failure at its blast furnace. The facility discharged cyanide and ammonia in excess of its Clean Water Act’s permit limits, which led to the death of an estimated 3,000 fish and closure of beaches along the southern coast of Lake Michigan, including the closure of beaches at the Indiana Dunes National Park.

8/11/20

Jeffrey Hammons

Story

Test Fuel Fallacy: EPA Considers Another Handout to Automakers

The Trump EPA’s environmental rollbacks continue at a rapid clip, putting clean water, clean air, and our climate at risk.

8/7/20

Ann Mesnikoff

Story

How to Farm Beyond the Rent Check: the Value of Soil Health

Soil is the basis of our food system and rural economy. Everyone benefits when this foundation is strong and healthy. Smart conservation practices can reduce soil erosion, nutrient loss, water pollution, and even carbon emissions, making soil health a critical factor in the future of the Midwest.

7/30/20

Steve Falck

Story

When it Comes to Solar, It’s the Tale of Two FERCs

Last Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made two important, but vastly different rulings on the future of renewable energy. One of those decisions could be a matter of life or death for solar, wind and other renewable energy jobs across the nation.

7/24/20

Jeffrey Hammons

Update

Adieu Review: NEPA Rollback Undercuts Sensible Environmental Protections

On July 16, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published its final rule rewriting the requirements for how federal agencies comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, known as “NEPA.”

7/24/20

Rachel Granneman

Update

Rolling in the REAP: Rural Energy Funding Renewed

The House Appropriations Committee passed its FY21 Agriculture Appropriations bill that includes full mandatory funding of $50 million for the Rural Energy for America Program, REAP.

7/21/20

Andy Olsen

Update

Surviving the Smog Days of Summer: ELPC Fights for Clean Air

While many of Chicago’s usual summer activities have been canceled this year, one has not: the fight against ozone pollution. Also known as smog, ozone is dangerous to people of all ages, especially in the summer months.

7/20/20

Ann Jaworski

Story

Bond Pool Not Cool: Murray Bankruptcy Plan Short-Changes Ohioans

With renewable energy close to overtaking coal output, those concerned about the environment have a lot to celebrate. But coal companies often have one last unwelcome gift for the public: mining sites that continue to scar the land and pollute the water.

7/17/20

Caroline Cox

Update

Cutting Corners to Rush Logging Will Harm Northwoods

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) encompasses some of the highest quality ecological systems and habitats in northern Wisconsin. This treasured piece of our natural heritage is home to endangered species and a vibrant recreation economy, but today it is facing a grave threat.

6/24/20

Andy Olsen

Story

EPA Refuses to Strengthen Air Pollution Standards During Global Respiratory Pandemic

A few weeks ago, I testified before the US EPA against Administrator Wheeler’s decision not to strengthen the PM2.5 annual and 24-hour standards.

6/16/20

Tiffany Werner

Howard's Blog

Lake Michigan Water Levels Continue to Rise: We Must Prepare

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ new June forecast paints a chilling picture of super-high water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, peaking in July and August even higher than the May forecast.

6/9/20

Howard A. Learner

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